Reach Forward For Better Balance

Functional Balance Testing Reduce Fall Risk with this Easy Assessment Tool By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Functional balance assessments  tell us if we’re at risk for a fall. They also give clues about what skills we can practice on our own to improve balance. This is relevant because falls are dangerous and costly.  On an average year, 300,000 […]

Balance Exercises for the Sensory System

Improve Your Sensory System Through Exercise By Mary Ann Wilson, RN The body depends on many different systems working together to maintain good balance. The sensory, motor and central nervous system all play important roles in keeping us steady on our feet. What’s exciting to me is that there are specific exercises we can do to sharpen each of […]

Eye Exercises for Fall Prevention

By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Eye exercises are an important part of any fall prevention training program. We depend on our ocular system (vision) for balance and for keeping us safe in different environments. In addition to improving neck range of motion, the 3 exercises shared in this blog are designed to strengthen the eyes and improve the vestibular […]

Balance Exercises For Neuropathy

Balance Exercises for Neuropathy By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Improving and strengthening balance is a strategic part of managing neuropathy. It is very important that you are safe when you work on balance exercises so you don’t fall. It may be necessary for you to have supervision or assistance from another person to prevent a […]

Balance Exercises for Somatosensory System

Balance Exercises for Somatosensory System By Mary Ann Wilson, RN The somatosensory system refers to the faculty of bodily perception. These sensory systems affect our balance. They include: skin senses (touch) and proprioception (knowing where our body is in space without looking.) As we age this system begins to decline in function. Exercises that stimulate […]